Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Parcels of fruit were hand-picked from two vineyards in Lowburn and Pisa and brought into the winery as each site achieved both flavour and phenolic ripeness. Whole bunches were loaded into the press and the juice gently extracted over a three hour cycle with no press cuts. The juice was settled in tank overnight before being racked to neutral barrel (80%) and a stainless steel tank (20%).
The stainless steel ferment was kept relatively cool at 16 degrees whilst the barrels were left to their own devices reaching warmer temperatures which is particularly important for a drier style of wine. The wine in barrel was kept on lees for 2.5 months with no stirring and the stainless component was racked off gross less post fermentation.
We captured the essence of the season and the complimentary character of two sites that are literally in the same “neck of the woods.” The resulting wine is complexly layered with great ageing potential and endless food pairing possibilities."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Delightfully fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows ripe apricot, poached pear, rockmelon and subtle spice characters, leading to a succulent palate that's supple and fleshy. It's soothing and silky, offering terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2022."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"A captivating bouquet with aromas of fleshy, ripe and gently spicy white fleshed fruits – pears and nectarine, apple and orange peel. A light oily and spicy texture to the bouquet makes me think of Alsace Gris. On the palate – a texture driven beginning with a nice phenolic bite backed up by the acidity, flavours of tree, citrus and white fleshed stone fruits, a gentle Asian spice layer adds depth and complexity. Fresh, youthful, firm, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022."
18/20 Candice Chow for raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, May 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Bright, light straw-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is soft in expression with juicy ripened nashi pear, melded with white florals and a kiss of honey. The wine is dry to taste, medium-light bodied vibrant acidity transport citrus nuance of lemon, grapefruit pith; along with white florals, nashi pear and herbs. A soft oily texture gives the mouthfeel some grip, and the underlying alcohol gives it weight. The wine grows richer with detailed notes of honey, grapefruit pith and herbs; balanced acidity leaves an elegant finish. This Pinot Gris is a soft oily textured wine with vibrant acidity, showing nuance of nashi pear, lemon, grapefruit pith, along with notes of white florals, herbs and honey to an elegant dry finish.Serve with pork cheek croquette and poultry over the next 3-5 years. Handpicked fruit from 2 separate vineyards in Lowburn and Pisa, whole bunch pressed then racked to ferment in 80% neutral oak (on less for 2.5 months), 20% in stainless steel to 13.5% alc, 1.5g/l RS."